PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A judge issued a ruling on Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law Tuesday morning and some Democrats are calling it a victory.
The judge partially blocked the ID requirement, which means voters will not have to show a photo ID before casting a ballot this election year.
The judge ruled that you will have to bring your ID to the polls. However, if you don’t have identification, you will be able to vote.
The difference in this decision is that you do not have to return after six days to prove you have an ID.
The judge is calling this a transitional year for the ID law. It essentially means that the law will go into full effect in the near future and voters should use this election as an opportunity to familiarize themselves presenting an ID in the polling center.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald sees this as a victory for those who oppose the law.
“First of all, we’re glad that the court has finally ruled in favor of the voters to allow people to vote the way they’ve always voted without these totally cumbersome rules that made people jump through hoops. Particularly, some elderly people, students, minorities, etc., that didn’t have the forms of ID that were required by that voter suppression law,” Fitzgerald said.
The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9.
“When you go to vote, you’ll be asked for your ID,” Mike Healy, an attorney, said. “If you don’t have it, you can still vote the regular way and you’ll be informed that the next time you vote you may need to present an ID.”
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